17 Moments From The Past Year When It Felt Awesome To Be American

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In the past year, Americans have memorialised a great inventor, celebrated the success of a Congresswoman, and seen major advances in science. 

As we celebrate Independence Day, let’s remember the recent moments when it felt awesome to be an American.

President Obama announced a formal end to the Iraq War.

A solemn December ceremony marked the end of the Iraq War and the last U.S. soldiers stationed there came home.

The Internet rallied together and raised $700,000 for bullied New York bus monitor Karen Klein.

Klein, who was taunted by students in a viral YouTube video, can now retire.

We all united to remember Steve Jobs and his great inventions.

Though everyone was deeply saddened by Jobs' death after a long battle with cancer, Americans celebrated the achievements of one of the greatest innovators of our time.

Americans buzzed about the long-awaited Facebook IPO for weeks.

Even though the shares didn't do so hot, Americans anxiously awaited the public debut of one of America's most-loved companies.

Mad Men returned to television.

America's favourite show returned after a 17-month hiatus to record audiences.

Kate Upton made her premiere on the Sports Illustrated cover.

In an election year, Upton's beauty was one thing Americans could finally agree on.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords showed her incredible strides toward recovery.

Giffords spoke before Congress in January, officially resigning and showing the tremendous improvement she's made since being shot back in 2011. Many representatives, including Speaker Of The House John Boehner, were moved to tears.

Americans were enraptured by Lin, a young Knicks player who became a household name after draining a game-winning three pointer against Toronto.

Americans celebrated the end of the 18-year-ban on gays in the military last fall.

Skywatchers in the United States got the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Venus pass in front of the sun.

On June 5, 2012, Venus was visible as a black dot moving across the face of the sun. The phenomenon won't happen again until 2117.

Scientists figured out a way to make a healthy hot dog.

A staple of July 4 barbecue's can now be enjoyed with about half of the saturated fat, while maintaining the taste and texture of regular beef franks.

A bomb-sniffing dog got to retire after 10 years in the Marines.

Sgt. Rex, a 10-year-old German Shepard, was reunited with Cpl. Megan Leavey in March.

The daughter of power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé was born.

America rejoiced when Blue Ivy Carter entered the world on January 6.

The first commercial spacecraft docked with the International Space Station.

The Dragon capsule, built by SpaceX, made history when it delivered 1,200 pounds of food, water and supplies to the ISS crew on May 25.

A Brooklyn man who missed his job interview to rescue a baby is offered a job.

Delroy Simmonds was hired as a maintenance worker at JFK Airport one day after missing his job interview to save a 9-month-old from an oncoming subway.

Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to walk over Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

The high-wire artist from Sarasota, Florida, made the historic walk on June 15.

Katy Perry kisses a US marine at fleet week

And the crowd went wild...

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